Volunteer hauling netsAbandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

Lost or abandoned crab traps are a problem for all users of Texas marine waters. Removing thousands of traps can be expensive and time consuming. Texas was overwhelmed with the problem, until the 76th Legislature created a volunteer program through Senate Bill 1410 to cleanup traps. Each year between February and March, volunteers are able to help remove abandoned crab traps. TPWD facilitates roughly 20 sites coastwide, provides disposal facilities, and supplies tarps, gloves, crab trap hooks and other items to volunteers. Learn more about the Lost Crab Trap Program on the TPWD Website.


The Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program, an all-volunteer effort, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches. The program's success is due to the generous efforts of dedicated volunteer county coordinators, coastal community leaders, sponsors and citizens. Find out more and register to participate in a clean-up at the Texas General Land Office Adopt a Beach Website.

Texas Stream Team, "Caring for our Waters"

Texas Stream Team is a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas and to ensure the information is available to all Texans. Visit the Texas Stream Team Website or contact the Texas Stream Team Statewide Volunteer Coordinator, Heidi Moltz at hm1079@txstate.edu or 512-245-3461.

Other Volunteer Opportunities with Texas Parks and Wildlife

Visit the Get Involved page on the TPWD Website.